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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Good Reads

So I know it's been a while, sorry for the lack of posts, but I've been on a road trip with my mum for four days with no way to post anything :( Anyway, that's all changing now..



I'm a huge lover of books so if you are too then keep reading. Sometimes I'll be reading the same books for months, and other times I'm up until 4am and finishing books in one sitting. Most of the time I have about ten books on the go at once. Whenever I'm online I'm always seeing awesome book reviews and recommendations so this is a little post of the books that I love!

Looking For Alaska - John Green
Everyone knows John Green right now because The Fault In Our Stars has been so popular. TFIOS was my first but I've since bought all the books he's had a part in. Looking For Alaska is a teenage romance-y kind of story but, like anything John Green, you'll probably laugh, definitely cry, and get completely lost in the characters. Without giving anything away for anyone who hasn't read it I think it's a really beautiful, interesting story that you can take at face value as a cute book, or you can think deeply about for a long time.

The Reader - Bernhard Schlink
This book was on my school English curriculum so obviously it's filled with themes and techniques and all that stuff that's just ingrained in my brain now. Despite that, I absolutely loved the story. It's a romance between a 15-year-old boy and an older woman but so not as simple and weird as it sounds. This isn't a cute teenage story but it's not a difficult read and really interesting if you want something different.  


Paper Towns - John Green
I can't stop the praise for John Green. Everything he writes I fall in love with. I think Paper Towns is my favourite of his novels. It's another young adult story and it supports the idea that I love about many of his stories: that not everything has to be romanticised, somethings are great, somethings are crap, and not everything will play out like the fairytale in your head. It's another easy read that I can think about forever.

Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
This book is completely different to the others and I'm not sure I even fully understand it. If you're not a fan of confusing stories and more difficult books to read this won't be for you. It's such an intricate story that explores the idea that all human lives can be connected. The novel follows 6 different stories over a huge time period, and it's filled with every genre you could want. I would definitely recommend a second (or third) read.

Eat Pray Love - Elizabeth Gilbert
My last book is different again. Eat Pray Love is a memoir of Elizabeth's journey to find herself. I'm not at all a spiritual person but this book captivated me. If you're like me and you look at an autobiography and turn away immediately don't fear this book! Gilbert's writing style is so cute and quirky it's like reading a fiction novel. I wouldn't call this book 'young adult' but still easy to read and a great story that left me with a great outlook on life.


So this has been my mini book review/recommendation and I hope I've encouraged someone to read one of these amazing books. I love discovering new books so if you've read anything great recently please leave some recommendations in the comments :)

Miss J xx

20 comments:

  1. Cloud Atlas sounds really interesting! I've been getting back into reading again and have been searching for more books to read so I will definitely check it out!

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    1. There's been a movie made of it too which was also really good xx

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  2. Oh I definitely want to read Cloud Atlas - I loved the movie, so I guess I really should read it, but the book looked huge in the bookstore! ;) Thanks for recommending Looking for Alaska - I may give it a go too, although I wasn't such a fan of The Fault in Our Stars. I've finished reading Divergent trilogy and am going to start The Maze Runner now.

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    1. Cloud atlas is quite long but I read that one real slowly, Looking for Alaska's probably good for a binge read, and still quite different from TFIOS. I loved Divergent so I'll have to finish the trilogy and I've heard The Maze Runner is good so I'll definitely look into your suggestions :) xx

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  3. These are some great books. A few of my favorites. I am the same way with books. One book Ill take forever to read and others I cant stop reading. But awesome post!!

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  4. I used to read a lot more when I was younger! Such a shame that I stopped... Really need to start reading again!
    Maybe I'll read one of the books you recommended.
    xx
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    1. I don't read nearly as much as I'd like or used to, it's definitely a good idea to start again! xx

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  5. I love this post! Reading is definitely one of my favorite loves! I tagged you in a little something. Please check it out! http://thestripedvent.blogspot.com/2014/08/top-ten-beauty-products.html

    Patricia
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  6. I really like your blog! You have extremely good taste in books (if that's a thing?) I wish I read more but those books are really good!

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    1. Thankyou! Of course you can haha xx

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  7. I loved Looking for Alaska when I read it & I like the film for Eat, Pray, Love so I'm tempted to read the book too :)

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    1. I read the book before seeing the movie and I liked it ten times better, I think you'll love the book xx

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  8. Hey just followed, Thanks for the recommendations! Its so important to keep reading and I always need a new book to read!!!!
    Izzy x

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    1. Thanks for the follow! I completely agree xx

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  9. Thanks for the book inspiration ive been looking for something new to read. I remember going away last year on holiday and loving reading eat pray love!
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    1. No problem :) I read Eat Pray Love on holiday too, it must be one of those books!

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  10. I love the 'I Heart' series by Lindsey Kelk along with about a girl…..it was easy, fun summer reading for me :)

    Layla xx

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    1. I haven't read either of these, I'll have to check them out :) xx

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